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Best Of 2011

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    2011: The Year The Big Projects Died & Studios Discovered (A Little) Fiscal Responsibility

    The giant financial crisis that began in 2008 is probably the single event that's had the most wide-reaching ramifications since 9/11, but, as ever, it's taken a few years for the film industry to reflect that, bar the occasional handy coincidence, like "Up in the Air." For the most part, 2011 was t...

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    The Best Dog Of The Year Performance: Arthur From 'Beginners'

    The first in a line of many dog performances hit for us in March of this year at SXSW, but there’s been avid debate (for some reason) about which performance deserves some sort of award (or treat).

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    Bored Over Christmas? Here's Every Feature The Playlist Ran In 2011

    The bulk of our time might be spent dealing with news on what's coming up, or reviews on what's just about to arrive, but we're not all about the future here at The Playlist. Once a week or so, we try to take an in-depth look at films gone by. Sometimes it's the work of an actor or a...

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    Drew Taylor's Favorite Films Of 2011

    2011 was undoubtedly the year of Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life." It just wasn't for me. After winning the Palme d'Or on the same day that I saw the movie, I was left feeling baffled. Like I had missed something.

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    The Playlist's Man Of The Year 2011: Michael Fassbender

    A couple of days ago, as part of our year-end coverage, we named Jessica Chastain as our Woman of the Year, and it was an easy decision to make; no one's been as omnipresent, or given as many different, and excellent, turns, as Chastain did. But our man of the year was slightly more difficult. Shoul...

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    Gabe Toro's Best Films Of 2011

    Great art challenges. Bad art flatters. But those of us who don’t dedicate our lives to film don’t always seek to be challenged. Sometimes we want to experience art at our leisure. One doesn’t schedule, or plan the impact of art (making a film review deceptive, as it can never be a critics’ final th...

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    My Favorite Films Of 2011: Christopher Bell

    Something that always bothered me about being a critic was that your feelings on whatever you're writing about suddenly get stuck in stone after pushing that glorious "Publish" icon.

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    The Playlist Staff Pick Their Most Underrated & Overrated Films Of 2011

    One of the pecularities of our site is our insistence on writing in the third personn, something designed to create the impression of a collective, a hive mind, and it's served us fairly well so far. But the realities of this are a little trickier; we're not all programmed the same way, and ...

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    Bright Shining Stars: The Breakthrough Performances Of 2011

    One of the many reasons that film never, ever gets dull is the constant changing of the guard. Every year sees a new heap of talent emerging, thanks to film festivals and canny casting directors, often coming from seemingly nowhere to fly off the screen, whether in a microbudget indie or a blockbust...

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    Hope You Like Synths: The Best Scores & Soundtracks Of 2011

    Way back in the day, The Playlist started as a site focused principally on the places where movies and music met, and in particular, on scores and soundtracks. We've widened our net in the intervening years simply because that sole focus felt too small and we're movie lovers just as much as ...

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